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November 2009 Issue

Constitutional review process should be transparent

If you’re wondering why The Hoot did not cover the first meeting of the Constitutional Review Committee last Saturday, we are too. Though The Hoot strives to make the student government process as transparent as possible for students, we have been unable to perform that duty when it comes to the Constitutional Review because all […]


Dining location a positive step, more work to be done

The Hoot applauds the Student Union for working with the administration to bring more dining options on campus. The time slots chosen for the new ‘Upstairs Café’ can certainly be out of control at the Usdan dining locations, and as such, this new café will help to alleviate overcrowding in Usdan. While this represents an […]


Letter to The Editor: Correcting the record on the ‘stimulus bill’

Bret Matthew’s article in The Hoot (Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican, Oct.23, 2009) was biased and uninformed, so I’m clarifying what was written with the truth. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the $787 billion “stimulus bill,” was proposed by Congress on Jan. 26 and signed into law less than a month […]


A different take on Thanksgiving

Next week most students will travel home to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their families, others will just enjoy the free time with friends and yet some others won’t even remember what they did for Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, this is a tradition deeply rooted in American society. It all began in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, when the […]


Book of Matthew: Mr. Priest goes to Washington: Same-sex marriage in our nation’s capital

For those of you who hail from Washington D.C., I have something for you to think about as you head home for the Thanksgiving and winter breaks: The Catholic Church is blackmailing your city. And I bet you’ll never guess what they’re fighting over. The D.C. Council—the district’s legislative branch—is considering a bill that would […]


This was once my home: The effect of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis on Brandeis students

There is an Israeli song called “Zeh Haya Beiti” (“This was once my home”). It’s about the pain felt when Israelis were forced out of their homes in Gush Katif—a bloc of 17 Israeli settlements in the southern part of the Gaza Strip—in 2005 when Israel completely terminated its occupation there. “This was once my […]


SEA Change: On Copenhagen

In light of the upcoming climate conference in Copenhagen, where the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Control will create a plan to prevent global warming and climate change, it is imperative that the United States works to create a plan that can reduce worldwide carbon emissions in terms that are internationally aware. As a […]


The painful decline of the American middle class and ways we can solve it

Lost somewhere in the recession, I’m sure, is an accountant named Gregory. Greg pulls down about sixty thousand dollars a year, a fair sum. His wife, let’s call her Marie, is a teacher–she earns about fifty thousand dollars a year. Together, they live in a suburban home with their two college-bound children, Mark and Samantha. […]


Debunking: Brandeis Urban Legends

Urban legends abound on the Brandeis campus. From Usdan Student Center to the Usen Castle, we have all heard some seemingly far-fetched story and passed it on to a friend. Each story leaves your mind until one day, you get stuck behind a tour group and all of a sudden you hear one of them […]


Study abroad blog ‘the195.com’ expands to Brandeis

Brandeis will participate in a groundbreaking new Web site and blog known as ‘the 195,’ that will feature the experiences of students studying abroad. The site, which was created by three students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in June, had its first contributors, all of whom were from Northwestern, last summer. Starting this […]